Twitter has been the one social networking application/site that I have gotten the most out of. Once I head to SXSWi2008, I’ll be celebrating my one year Twitterversary. But today, I celebrate my 1000th tweet.
Why do I like Twitter?
- I can stay in touch with people in a more laid back manner than constantly pinging them with “what’s up?” messages and phone calls. Not only is it less intrusive, but it is far more efficient.
- I can see what industry folks I really care about are thinking about. I don’t follow a ton of web celebs, but I follow the ones that provide the most value to me—folks like @factoryjoe, @bokardo, @simplebits, @brianoberkirch, @missrogue, etc.
- I can keep in touch with the local web community. A lot of Providence web geeks are on Twitter. Good to know what people are up to, who’s going to what meetup, etc.
- I can lighten my blogging load. Sometimes 140 or less is just fine. Blogging can be intimidating if you only have something quick to say and you’ve got that big old text field with a scrollbar looking at you.
But most of all, if I page through my own tweets, it is basically my biography of the last year—in bullet points. Twitter feeds tend to contain a lot more personal information than blog feeds, and that’s okay. I like reading back at my tweets about when Ella ate Play-Doh for the first time or when I was working with Nolan sleeping on my chest. And call me crazy, but I like to see when others tweet about that too.
So, in closing, here are some “landmark tweets” from my past year…
My first tweet:
Now with BatchBlue:
Nolan is born:
Got the iPhone (yes, it really has been a landmark moment…):
BatchBlue going to DEMOfall07:
World Champs. Again.